Kidlitcon 2017 – Call for West Coast Hosts!

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On behalf of the Kidlitcon 2016 organizing team, we all wanted to let you know that KidLitCon 2016 was a big success! We missed those of you who couldn’t be there. Everyone who attended enjoyed lots of facetime with favorite authors, terrific food, and abundant swag. Bonds were formed with fellow bloggers and kidlit enthusiasts. The halls echoed with laughter! …

KidLitCon 2016 Program Announced

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Our friends at KidLitCon have announced the program for their 2016 conference in Wichita, which is being held on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 (for registration information, click here). The conference theme this year is Gatekeepers and Keymasters: Connecting bloggers, librarians, teachers, authors, and parents to promote literacy. Besides two awesome keynote speakers, award-winning authors A.S. King and Clare …

Featured Blogger: Lee Wind

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This month’s featured blogger is Lee Wind, who blogs over at I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?. Lee’s a long-time active member of the Kidlitosphere, and we were happy he took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with us! Tell us a bit about your blog. LW: The idea behind “I’m Here. I’m Queer. …

Featured Blogger: Greg Pincus

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We have loved all the bloggers we’ve featured so far, but it has occurred to us that we’ve been remiss in featuring the male population around here. There are men out there in the kidlit blogging community, and we wanted to highlight their contributions. Greg Pincus at Gottabook has been involved in the community for a number of years, and …

2014 Winners: What’s Being Said, Part 2

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I know we said “later this week” last week, but there were so many coming in over the course of the week, that we thought we’d wait. Here’s more of the goodness that’s being said about our terrific Cybils winners: Blue Apple Books (@blueapplebooks): More than just okay ! ! ! OKAY, ANDY! won the 2014 @cybils Award in the …

The Winners: What’s Being Said

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One of the things that I (personally) love about the Cybils announcements is all Twitter love the winners get. Here’s some of what we saw yesterday: Paul Durham (@pauldurhambooks): @charlotteslib Thank you so much! I’m a bit floored by the news and will try to formulate a more coherent response when I pick my jaw up. Candlewick Press (@Candlewick): Congrats @chrishaughton …

2014 Finalists: Things That are Being Said, Part 2

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Wernick & Pratt (@WernickPratt): Hats off to Bryan Collier and @The_Pigeon, whose books were named @cybils Finalists!http://t.co/8slBJ0tY0y Jennifer Morris (@jenmorris80): Steve and Wessley Cybils Finalists: Steve and Wessley’s first book, The Ice Cream Shop is a finalist in the Cybils. Jennifer also wrote a blog post about it! Laura Cecil Agency (@LCecilLitAgency): Congratulations to @Alexmilway whose Pigsticks & Harold has …

The 2014 Finalists: What’s Being Said

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Every year, we love seeing the reactions of the authors, publishers, spouses, and fans  after the Cybils finalists announcement goes up. Here are a few of the reactions that caught our attention this weekend: Tara Dairman (@TaraDairman): What delicious news to wake up to today: ALL FOUR STARS is a @Cybils finalist for middle-grade fiction! @penguinkids Huge thanks to @debamarshall for the …

A KidlitCon Intermission

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While we’re nearing the end of round one here at the Cybils, and the holiday season is in full swing, things are also getting started for (the ninth annual!) KidlitCon 2015 in Baltimore, MD. No dates are set – it will be sometime in the fall – but we did want to give publishers a heads-up of the opportunities to participate, including: …

Featured Blogger: Elizabeth O. Dulemba

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This month’s featured blogger was nominated by Vicky. Who says, “I nominate Elizabeth O. Dulemba. She has consistently featured kidlit authors and illustrators, as well as kidlit books, for many years. As an author/illustrator herself, she also provides many articles, links, and resources for those involved in the kidlit community.” Happily, Elizabeth was willing to answer a few questions about …